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These are the top 100 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing's users (as of today, 2 October 2007).

Bold what you have read, italicize what you started but couldn't finish, and strike through what you couldn't stand. I also marked red those on my TBR or am currently reading list.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and punishment
One hundred years of solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Hobbit
Life of Pi : a novel
The name of the rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey
Pride and prejudice
Jane Eyre
A tale of two cities
The brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
War and peace
Vanity fair
The time traveler's wife
The Iliad
The Blind Assassin
The kite runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great expectations
American gods : a novel
A heartbreaking work of staggering genius
Atlas shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
Memoirs of a Geisha
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West …
The Canterbury tales
The historian : a novel
A portrait of the artist as a young man
Love in the time of cholera
Brave new world
The Fountainhead
Foucault's pendulum
The Count of Monte Cristo
A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys : A Novel
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible : A Novel
Angels & Demons
The Inferno
The Satanic Verses
Sense and Sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Mansfield Park
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
To the Lighthouse
Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Oliver Twist
Gulliver's Travels
Les Misérables
The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Prince
The Sound and the Fury
Angela's Ashes : A Memoir
The God of Small Things : I highly recommend this book, especially to Indians.
A People's History of the United States : 1492-present
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Beloved : a Novel
The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach...
The Mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake : a Novel
Collapse : how Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Cloud Atlas : a Novel
The Confusion
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
The Aeneid : I stopped because I reached the limits of my translation skills...
Watership Down
Gravity's Rainbow
In Cold Blood
White Teeth
Treasure Island

I'm curious as to why System of the World wasn't on there, given the selection. Do people really just never make it through The Confusion?

That reminds me... all ya'll probably know this already, but I was amazed to find out that the entire Baroque Cycle was written in longhand. The original manuscript along with several ink wells is at the Science Fiction Museum in Seattle.
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Date:October 2nd, 2007 06:07 pm (UTC)
Re Baroque Cycle manuscript: Yeah! We saw part of it when we were there. It's behind glass, so we couldn't turn the pages.

These are most often marked unread? Why are there so many famous novels there? You'd think it'd be full of novels I never heard of.
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Date:October 2nd, 2007 07:14 pm (UTC)
I agree with your analysis, though its a little sad. Some of those books are tiny! (Picture of Dorian Grey can't be more than 90 pages)
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Date:October 3rd, 2007 03:33 am (UTC)
Nevertheless, I do not recall whether or not I eventually finished it when it was assigned reading in high school. I'm pretty sure I did finish Frankenstein, although not by the date we were supposed to :-)
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Date:October 3rd, 2007 06:16 pm (UTC)
Nevertheless, I do not recall whether or not I eventually finished it when it was assigned reading in high school.

Just because you knew how it was going to end? :-)
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Date:October 3rd, 2007 07:56 pm (UTC)
That was a contributing factor, certainly. I do recall reading the ending, just to confirm that I knew how it was going to end, but I'm pretty sure I got the 25-words-or-less summary of the plot whenever my parents had to explain whichever Far Side cartoon referenced it.
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Date:October 3rd, 2007 04:26 am (UTC)
Ooohhh, I didn't actually look up the site or its purpose. Thanks!
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Date:October 3rd, 2007 04:38 am (UTC)
For reference, there's exactly one book on this list that I own and haven't read: Dune. I picked it up once and just couldn't get into it, so it's been sitting on my shelf for a few years. I will probably get around to it within the next 6 months...but I'd only give that a 65% probability.

I anti-recommend The People's History of the United States. The writing was so rocky I had a hard time absorbing anything about the content other than its obvious desire to make up for all the conqueror-biases of other history books at once by excessive pro-native anti-white emotion-yanking bias. Then again, when I could make it through several pages without feeling motion-sick, it was kind of amusing.

The Inferno is great, but don't bother with the other two. Meh.
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Date:October 2nd, 2007 09:48 pm (UTC)
The God of Small Things was very good, quite worth reading.
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Date:October 3rd, 2007 08:01 pm (UTC)
Oh yes. Watership Down is awesome. I read it in fourth grade and thought it was pretty good, and then when I reread it in high school it totally blew me away.
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